Combine the best sights and hidden gems that the Cape has to offer, with the sensational beauty of the Cape Winelands and the serene scenes along the Whale Coast on this Fair Trade approved itinerary.
What makes this tour a Fair Trade holiday?
Summit Table Mountain, gaze upon the fascinating indigenous flora at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wind your way along the breathtaking cliffs of Chapman’s Peak, sip away with a day of wine tasting, spot migrating whales aboard a whale-watching marine cruise and so much more, all with the peace of mind rooted in sustainable and ethical tourism.
This tour is Fair Trade approved as many all the hotels and some activities are Fair Trade certified. This means, among many things, that the establishments are committed to fair tourism including;
Favouring local produce and entrepreneurs; ensuring all parties involved have a fair share of the profits, fair working conditions and fair wages; ensuring establishments practice fair operations with a responsible regard to the environment and sustainable tourism, amongst many other considerations. Read more about Fair Trade Tourism and our commitment to best-practice sustainable tourism at https://hotspots2c.co.za/about#fairtrade
Well, now that you know we've taken care of all the details.. soak in the beauty and rest easy with this sustainable holiday that will make a positive difference in the communities you'll travel.
Hop aboard a marine eco-cruise to get your chance to spot the Marine Big Five.
Meet the cute resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.
Melt in your mouth spoonfuls of artisan ice cream paired with fine wine at Clos Malverne.
Savour iconic South African flavours with Marianne's red wine and biltong pairing.
Unwind with edgy wine in hand amid Babylonstoren's Cape Dutch farm-to-plate philosophy gardens.
Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.
See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.
Surprise your palate as you pair local wine with perfectly matched cheeses at Fairview.
Get a front row seat to view some of Hermanus' largest residents on a Whale Watching cruise.
Sip on fine wines at South Africa's oldest wine farm; Groot Constantia.
Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.
Explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of earth's hidden gems.
Delight in La Bri's decadent wine and chocolate, or wine and biltong pairings.
This slow-paced day is the perfect way to acclimatise to the energising buzz of the Mother City. You’ll be collected from the airport and able to customise the day to how you please, perhaps starting with a leisurely coffee-shop stop at a local favourite in the heart of Cape Town.
Then, prepare to be awed, as you hop on the sturdy cable cars that summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders, the iconic Table Mountain. An alluring beauty in the middle of Cape Town, drawing locals and visitors in with its classic silhouette. On top of the world, Cape Town’s sprawling mass is laid bare in grid-like formation and the panoramic views make you feel as though you are the only one up there. There are over 2kms of pathways to choose from to take in the views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula.
After you’ve expended all your energy taking in every little detail, you can head towards the hidden paradise that will be your base for the next two nights. The serene and perfect hideaway of The Vineyard Hotel. Surrounded by 8 acres worth of lush manicured gardens, you’ll be transported into a wonderland of history and luxury at this Fair Trade accredited, eco-conscious oasis.
Cape Town’s most scenic stops await you today as you set out to experience the wonders of Chapmans Peak, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch. The day can be tailored to your liking, but we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on these incredible bucket-list items.
Set out for a journey along a staggering 114 mind-blowingly beautiful bends – stretching over nine jaw-dropping kilometres... Chapman’s Peak road, or Chappies to the locals, is touted as one of the world’s most scenic drives – and with good reason. Rugged mountains face off with the Atlantic and the roadway, an incredible feat of engineering, cuts a swathe right through and provides unparalleled views of the Atlantic below.
Chappies sets the scene for the afternoon’s adventuring as you venture onwards to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point of Africa. Here, water and wilderness literally collide and create a picturesque jagged shoreline adorned with greenish fringes of fynbos. This is a place to pay tribute to ancient seafarers of old like Bartolomeu Dias (who discovered the Cape of Good Hope back in 1488) and pioneers, like Vasco da Gama, who journeyed through these treacherous waters from Portugal to India.
Indigenous fauna lines narrow winding pathways en route to the Cape’s whitewashed lighthouse, with views well worth the climb. Local wildlife – ostriches, baboons, and various antelope species, including bontebok – keep the journey interesting and add plenty of postcard moments for the shutterbugs. On the hillside, an optional funicular eases the journey for those that want to reach the top of the lighthouse.
Simmer down with a leisurely afternoon discovering the delights hidden within the Kirstenbosch Gardens. The Gardens are world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Children will love Kirstenbosch’s winding walkway, affectionately known as the boomslang. It starts at ground level and extends high above the treetops, offering stunning views of Table Mountain and lesser-seen parts of the city. The timber-and-steel walkway is around 130 metres long. Nature lovers will enjoy the unique vantage point from above the crowns of the trees, and bird and animal enthusiasts will be seventh heaven, with the diverse fauna that abounds. What a way to end a day in the Cape.
A day of delight awaits as you set out into the famed Cape Winelands and plan your day as you please. Our team will detail your preferences and plan a wine-tasting expedition like no other, filled with only the best in the business. The diversity of the Winelands is but one of the perks, offering you mesmerising views, rich history, artisan pairing options, lush gardens and of course, fine wine; so it’s up to you what is included in your day.
South Africa can trace its wine roots back to the mid 1600s when the Dutch East India Company established a base in Cape Town. Grape vines were planted to help ward off scurvy for Dutch sailors passing along the Spice Route. The first fruit was harvested and crushed in 1659 but it was Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the time, that nurtured the burgeoning industry.
Van der Stel’s ideas took seed and today the Cape produces world-class drops, so seize the opportunity to stock up with a bottle or two for your stay. Fancy a pairing? How about trying something different like wine and ice cream, or even biltong. You could also throw in a traditional favourite with wine and chocolate. Taste local flavours with an al fresco vineyard picnic, or dine in style at one of the many fine-dining options. Add a cellar tour or a duck parade for good measure and settle in for a day to remember. Whatever you choose, you can sip back (guilt-free) and enjoy your guide's historic and fact-filled commentary for the day.
And what better way to end off your Winelands wandering than in the heart of the historic Stellenbosch at the Fair Trade accredited Oude Werf hotel.
Hemel-en-Aarde literally translates to heaven-on-earth, and if you think the Cape Winelands scenery can’t get any better, you’re in for a treat today as you traverse the Hemel-en-Aadre valley en-route to Hermanus. Beyond Sir Lowry Pass, winelands and orchards give way to a rippling patchwork of green and gold farmlands which in turn morph into craggy coastlines where land meets the Atlantic and the Whale Coast begins.
Within a flash, you’re in whale country and the annual migration (July to November) of humpback and southern right whales along the South African coastline has earned the unassuming, pretty little village of Hermanus the honour of becoming the best land-based whale watching town in the world. By land or by sea, visitors are able to watch these gentle giants of the deep frolic freely and launch their aerial acrobatics in the Atlantic.
Weather dependent, you could hop aboard a whale-watching cruise and come eye to giant-sized eyeball with these calving whales and witness their raw power. A whale museum, café culture, fresher-than-fresh seafood, outdoor trails and craft markets also make Hermanus the ideal lunch stop. Trips out of whale-season will join the Marine Big Five eco-cruise. Visit the internationally known 'Shark Alley' between a small island and a local seal colony in the Gansbaai bay, an area well known for its abundant great whites, but also offers great chances of spotting southern right whales in their mating season (June - November) and the rest of the Marine 'Big Five' including Cape fur seals, African penguins and dolphins.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, stopping at local farm stalls, or walking the cliff-paths in Hermanus before heading over to the tiny hamlet of De Kelders for a relaxing coastal evening overlooking the ocean at the Whalesong Lodge.
Wake up to the sound of the ocean and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. After a leisurely breakfast, you can head out along the Cape Whale coast to make a slow journey back to the Mother City, stopping at local favourites along the way. You’ll have time to customise your day today to get the most of the old world charm that the area offers.
The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow of your day. Being one of the only remaining breeding grounds of the African penguin, these clumsy creatures are sure to pull on your heartstrings. Try out your sightseeing skills as you spot rock hyraxes (dassies) sunbathing on the rocks in between the waddling penguins. As you head off along the almighty Clarence drive, you’ll be pulled in by the wild beauty of Kogelberg Biosphere that is perfectly offset by the picturesque stretch of road that connects Rooi Els village and the naval town of Gordon’s Bay. Arguably the most scenic drive in South Africa, this coastal route snakes its way between the rugged mountains – giving you ample opportunity to snap farewell landscape photos over the 21 jaw-dropping kilometres before arriving at your end destination, Cape Town.
End with a drop-off at the Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town accommodation.
This trip will run exclusively for you. This itinerary guideline can run in reverse or a different order. This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities, tours or attractions visited may join others already booked.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
4 nights of accommodation.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
Local and international flights are excluded.
Your guide can book restaurants en route.
A surcharge to travel in a luxury SUV vehicle for the included transfer sections of the tour. Maximum 3 people per luxury vehicle.
Firstly it is important for you to know that I literally cannot see a dog without stopping to stroke it. Right, with that out of the way, I have always thought that travel was an important way to learn about oneself, and that it allowed for growth and development. It’s also very exciting – which is why I started out working for a travel marketing agency before I joined the Hotspots2c Team. When I’m not working I’m usually creating decadent baking creations, enjoying music, or spending time with family and friends.
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Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.